Historic South Tour
Castles, Creeks & Sub Tropical Gardens
Take our private, guided tour and experience Cornwall’s historic South. In the comfort and luxury of our 8 seat VW touring van, we’ll start at the bustling town of Falmouth, visiting its 14th century castle. We’ll then take lunch on the Helford Passage, a place of inspiration for novelist Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘Frenchman’s Creek’, crossing the creek to explore the village of Helford on the opposite bank. Then it’s onto Trebah gardens to hear how it played its part in the D-day landings and the perfect place to enjoy your complimentary Cornish cream tea picnic.
This bustling bohemian town is full of craft and independent shops and artisan coffee houses. There will be the opportunity to walk along the quay front and watch the boats bob on the water; Before we drive the scenic road to Pendennis Castle, stopping for a birds-eye view of Falmouth’s working dry docks.
Get lost in the history of Henry VIII coastal fortresses, which defended Cornwall against foreign invasion from the Tudor period through to the end of the Cold War in the 50s. It has spectacular views across the Carrick Roads estuary, St Anthony’s Lighthouse, and the Roseland Peninsula, not to mention its sister Castle at St Mawes.
We enjoy lunch overlooking the Helford creek, at the Ferry Boat Inn. A popular lunch destination for locals and tourists alike. After lunch, we catch a foot ferry to the picturesque village of Helford, which lies on the opposite side of the riverbank.
Wander through this charming village to its focal point, the local thatched pub, enjoying a refreshment overlooking the river, a view which inspired Daphne Du Maurier’s novel ‘French Mans Creek’. Or stroll the South West Coast Path along the water’s edge.
A sub-tropical paradise with a stunning coastal backdrop. We meander our way past the water garden and open-air theatre, down to the beach that in 1944 played an important role in the D Day landings, deploying 7500 US Infantry Division to Omaha Beach. Heading back through the gardens, where giant bamboo and Gunnera stand, we end the day with a Cornish Cream Tea Picnic. (Please note the gardens are closed on Thursdays and Fridays)